Meet the Team

Brandon J. Combs, Ed.D., Director of Assessment

Dr. Brandon Combs is the Director of Assessment for the University of Central Arkansas.  He joined UCA in 2016 after having served as the Assistant Director of University Assessment of the University of Kentucky.  Prior to working with the University of Kentucky, he served as a Law Enforcement Training Instructor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department of Criminal Justice Training, the state’s police academy.  In this role he worked on the Curriculum Development Taskforce, who worked towards rewriting the academy’s curriculum.  Prior to that, he served more than six years as the Communications Supervisor for the UK Police Department.

Brandon completed his doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership with emphasis in Instructional Design.  He also received a Master of Science degree in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University, and two Masters of Arts degrees from Morehead State University [MA: Education Technology, 2015; MA: Adult & Higher Education, 2017].

Brandon’s research interests include back-channeling, classroom and instructional design, law enforcement training, distance learning/education, policy analysis, and criminal justice education requirements.  He has been actively involved in various professional and advocacy organizations, including: the Arkansas Associate for the Assessment of Collegiate Learning (AAACL) [President, current], the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) organization [External Relations Committee, Chair], the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) [Future Conference Planning Committee, Chair], the Association for Educational Communications and Technology [Professional Ethics Committee, past], the Kentucky Equality Federation [Chairman of the Board, past], and the Southern Brigade of Kentucky Colonels [Chairman of the Board, past]. You can contact Brandon by email at or by phone at 501.450.3253.


Academic Assessment Committee – Committee Chair (2016 – Present)
Co-Curricular and Support Unit Assessment Committee – Committee Chair (2017 – Present)
Student Course Evaluation Committee – Committee Chair (2016 – Present)
UCA Core Council – Ex Officio Member: Non-Voting (2016 – Present)
Strategic Planning Committee – Ex Officio: Non-Voting (2016 – Present)
Diversity Advisory Committee – Ex Officio: Non-Voting (2016 – Present)
Student Success and Retention Council – Guest Consultant: Non-Voting (2016)